When Arminians Pray

“All evangelicals pray for the salvation of individuals, fully expecting that the effective prayers of the righteous can accomplish much (Jas 5:16). But how can Arminians pray for the conversion of an individual person if God would have to override the free will to convert that person? The most Arminians could pray for would be neutral, nonthreatening things that do not infringe upon the ‘rights’ of the sinner.

Calvinists can happily pray for specific people to be converted, because they know quite well that if God does not in mercy intervene to free sinners from spiritual death, they will never be saved at all. God may have willed that particualar prayers will be part of the chain leading to a person’s salvation. Prayer is both reasonable and effective, precisely because God is in control and can override the human will to answer them.”
R.K. McGregor WrightNo Place for Sovereignty p.193

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What Love Is This?

“All Arminians consider it reasonable to tell the unbeliever that ‘God has a wonderful plan for your life.’ But what could this mean if a person by uncaused (indeterminate) events eventually goes to hell? How can Arminians honestly tell unbelievers that God loves them if God is not willing to do what is needed to save them? Strictly speaking, does he ultimately leave it up to them (or worse, to a randomly acting free will) whether they will finally do enought to save themselves? What kind of love is so vague and undescriminating that it leaves the eternal salvation of its beloved in the hands of an autonomous mechanism in their heads, rather than acting to secure that salvation? How can God love us if he is incompetent?”
R.K. McGregor Wright

God’s Hand in Salvation and History

“God saves. God does not merely do enough to make salvation possible, leaving it to us to work our way up, to‘merit the merits of Christ,’ to do our part to make the merely possible become the actual. Every link in the chain of redemption is forged on God’s anvil from start to finish. Even God cannot achieve an end without a means. In order to secure the predestined end, he foreordains each step and casual link, sovereignly acting to see that each cause and effect occurs.

I have already shown that he had to move the entire Roman military bureaucracy several years earlier to make certain that at the end of the empirewide census, one particular pregnant girl was in the right town at the right moment just so the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem and not up north in Nazareth! The entire Roman bureaucracy was predestined to keep in step with the body chemistry of one unknown Jewish girl in the far outer reaches of the first-century Roman Empire.”
R.K. McGregor Wright